Ice Dogs pick five forwards and three defensemen in NAHL Draft

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FAIRBANKS-Today the Fairbanks Ice Dogs made their picks in the NAHL Draft and made some moves. Fairbanks did some wheeling and dealing trading out of the first round.

The Ice Dogs made trades with Corpus Christi, Key Stone, and Lone Star, getting two picks in the third and fourth rounds.

Forward Mitchell Bauman was the Ice Dogs first pick 48th overall in the second round. Baumna comes from Culver Prep in Indiana and is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Fairbanks gets two Buffalo Jr Sabres teammates from the Ontario Junior A Hockey League in the third round. Forwards Ryan Kuhn and Josh Gabriel. Kuhn scored 32 points in 51 games while Gabriel tallied 34 in 47 games. Both are from upstate New York.

The Ice Dogs go international picking Petteri Laakso in the fourth round. Laakso is from Finland and put up 14 points as a defenseman for Jokerit last season. Jakob Stridesberg from Sweden was picked 87th. He had a plus eight in 41 games for his HV71 club.

Defenseman Nate Kallen of the San Diego Gulls U16 team was picked in the fifth round going 117th overall out of the WSHL.

Forwards Jesper Ohrval from Sweden was selected in the 6th round (137th overall) and Cayden Cahill was the Ice Dogs final pick in the 7th round (154th overall). Cahill played for the Alaska Aces U18 team and they won the Midget AAA title last season.

Head coach Trevor Stewart talked about the results of his team's draft.

"We felt that we got some good role players in our forwards in our first couple of picks. Players that play all 200 feet of the ice and play with a lot of jam," Stewart said. "We skipped over the pond and went fishing for some Europeans and they're going to and some stability to our back end. We got the player that we wanted at 48."

Stewart also noted that this draft will help in the them in the future.

"We got some higher draft picks towards the back end of the draft and we moved up some spots for next year's draft as well with a trade. So we're pretty happy."

Also Hunter Anderson of the Lincoln Stars was the first overall pick in the draft going to the Janesville Jets. The Jets traded with the Odessa Jackalopes to pick Anderson.

The second overall pick went to the Brooking Blizzard who picked Caleb Pola.

The Coulee Region Chill of the Midwest division selected defenseman Sean Lang third overall. The Chill traded up after a deal with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays to pick Lang who comes in from the Tri-City Storm.